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Mental Health Notes

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A free biweekly newsletter published by CMHA Ontario, featuring mental health news and events.

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To submit news for Mental Health Notes, send complete details to news@ontario.cmha.ca. Submissions may be edited for publication. All submissions are subject to approval, and CMHA Ontario reserves the right to refuse any submission at its sole discretion.

December 11, 2015 Free webinar for nurses and other health-care professionals

This webinar will provide:

  • a foundational overview on opioids
  • information on use, treatment, and overdose prevention
  • a harm reduction strategy focusing on reducing overdose deaths through the use of naloxone programs in Oxford County
December 11, 2015 App aims to help manage stress

thinkfull2_0A new app, thinkFull, provides tools and techniques to help understand and manage daily stress.

December 11, 2015 Trends in Income-Related Health: Inequalities in Canada

CIHI reportThe Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) released a report in November outlining recommendations on how to reduce health inequalities in Canada.

December 11, 2015 Report emphasizes child poverty still an issue

coverimageCampaign 2000 — a non-partisan, network of national, provincial and community partner organizations – released its annual report on poverty in Canada.

The findings were not ideal.

December 4, 2015 Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) releases its Mental Health Strategy

opp mental health strategyIn order to support the mental health of the OPP workforce, and improve outcomes of police interactions with people with mental health issues in communities, OPP released its’ first Mental Health Strategy, Our People, Our Communities on Dec 2, 2015.

November 26, 2015 CMHA Ontario at the 5th Provincial Human Services and Justice Committee Conference

CMHA Ontario and CMHA branches participated in the 2015 Provincial Human Services and Justice Coordinating Committee Conference, Mobilizing Community: Promoting Resiliency, Sustaining Recovery and Resorting Justice, held in Toronto from Nov. 16 to 18. The conference was attended by more than 400 individuals from across multiple sectors including community mental health and addictions, developmental disabilities, police services, corrections, courts, legal clinics and five Ministries.

November 26, 2015 Ministry aiming for more holistic approach when dealing with offenders

The Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services (MCSCS) is working to change its protocols when it comes to people with mental illnesses entering the criminal justice system. That’s the message Minister Yasir Naqvi shared at the Human Services and Justice Coordinating Committee (HSJCC) conference last week.

November 26, 2015 Support mental health for GivingTuesday

CMHA Ontario invites you to join us in supporting mental health as we participate in GivingTuesday on Dec. 1.

November 26, 2015 Call for expressions of interest to host a Mood Walks group for youth

Mood Walks logo. Linked to Mood Walks websiteDo you work with young people who are at risk of, or experiencing, mental health disabilities? Physical activity and exposure to the natural environment in parks, conservation areas and urban green spaces is good for both physical and mental wellness. Mood Walks for Youth in Transition is a capacity-building project to help mental health agencies, social service providers and other organizations reduce barriers and create new opportunities for youth (ages 13 to 24) to get outdoors and be physically active.

November 26, 2015 What influences the use of program evaluation findings in community mental health?

Evaluation and program planningThe CMHA Ontario project Minding Our Bodies: Healthy Eating and Physical Activity for Mental Health was the focus of a study examining the instrumental use of internal evaluation findings by community mental health organizations, recently published in the journal Evaluation and Program Planning.

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